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Yuma Territorial Prison (access required)

Yuma Territorial Prison yardOne of the storied institutions of the West is the Yuma Territorial Prison, seen here in a photograph thought to be taken during the latter days of the 19th century. Built by inmate labor, the prison opened for business July 1, 1876. During its 33 years of operation, 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, ...

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

This is Main Street in Bisbee on January 21, 1916, the day after the biggest snowfall in city history. The storm began on January 19 with heavy winds that tore off roofs in the Warren District. The wind abated, the sky cleared briefly—then it began to rain. The streets soon ran like rivers. The sky cleared again in the afternoon, but by 5 p.m. snow began to fall, increasing throughout the night until by morning all of southern Arizona from Benson to the Mexican border was blanketed.